James Salter is one of the greatest writers of our time, author of the novels Solo Faces, Light Years, A Sport and a Pastime, and The Hunters; the memoirs Gods of Tin and Burning the Days; the collection Dusk and Other Stories, which won the 1989 PEN, among many others. His new novel is All That Is.
From his experiences as a naval officer in battles off Okinawa during World War II, Philip Bowman returns to America and finds a position as a book editor. He soon inhabits a world where marriages fail as affairs ignite, alcohol reigns, writers struggle, and publishers hustle. It is a world in which to immerse himself, a world of intimate connections and surprising triumphs. But the deal that Philip cannot seem to close is love: one marriage goes bad; another fails to happen; and, finally, he meets a woman who enthrals, then betrays him, setting him on a course he could never have imagined for himself. Written with James Salter’s signature economy of prose, the novel All That Is fiercely, fluidly explores a life unfolding in a world on the brink of change: a dazzling, sometimes devastating labyrinth of love and ambition, of the small shocks and grand pleasures of being alive. All That Is is a sweeping, seductive love story set in post-World War II America that tells of one man’s great passions and regrets over the course of his lifetime and draws together the great themes of Salter’s writing: warfare, love, sex and marriage, and what it means to write. James Salter, a consummate storyteller, talks about and reads from his work.
The evening also includes a showing of the documentary A Sport and a Pastime, which traces his lifelong love affair with France, unforgettably expressed in his 1967 masterpiece, of the same title.
This is a rare and special chance to see and hear from this great writer as well as see, for the first time in the UK, a documentary based on part of his life. Programme for the evening: 18.15 Showing of A Sport and a Pastime, 19.10 Break, 19.30-20.30 James Salter
James Salter is the author of numerous books, including the novels Solo Faces, Light Years, A Sport and a Pastime, The Arm of Flesh (revised as Cassada), and The Hunters; the memoirs Gods of Tin and Burning the Days; the collections Dusk and Other Stories, which won the 1989 PEN/Faulkner Award, and Last Night, which earned him the 2010 Rea Award for the Short Story and the 2012 PEN/Malamud Award; and Life Is Meals: A Food Lover’s Book of Days, written with his wife, Kay Eldredge. His latest book is the novel All That Is.
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